It’s very easy to be completely consumed by the ski experience when travelling to Niseko. It is, after all, one of the reasons so many people travel from all corners of the globe to get here.
The 2015 Festival of Japan has been set up by Niseko locals with the support of local government and businesses, like Ki Niseko, to help travelers discover something even deeper than the abundant powder snow.
The festival comprises of a series of events aimed at showcasing Japanese and Ainu arts can crafts, and will take place in Hirafu between January 21 and January 28.
Events include a Taiko drumming welcome performance, a sake and jazz night at Hirafu’s Half Note Jazz Café and Bar, and a martial arts demonstation that will allow “attendees to interact directly with their masters.” Be careful!
Visitors will also have the chance win Niseko ski wear packages, which will be drawn at the main event each night. A ¥500 donation to the festival will get you one entry into the draw, ¥1000 gets you two entries.
For more information, visit the 2015 Festival of Japan website.